Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Sensational She-Hulk 2: Cockney Midgets In Toad-Men Suits

John Byrne gets more metafictional in the second issue.  There's a funny scene where She-Hulk and the villains she is fighting take a break while waiting for Byrne to finish a subplot scene.  She also complains to Byrne about his choice of villains for her.  The issue is also filled with postit notes from the editors and creators arguing about the comic. 

Random thoughts about this issue:

*She-Hulk reads The Incredible Hulk 2 on the cover.  Note that she rolls it.  Doesn't she know that comic's valuable?

*The Hulk fought The Toad-Men in that issue.  She-Hulk does the same, except they're really Cockney midgets in costume.  Was this Byrne's commentary on the British writers such as Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, and Grant Morrison (whose Animal Man was breaking the fourth wall before Byrne's She-Hulk, though the idea was common at the time, even featured in television shows such as Moonlighting) who were usurping his crown as the king of comics (with apologies to Jack Kirby, who was still living at the time)?

*The issue ends with a good cliffhanger, She-Hulk about to get her head chopped off by a buzzsaw.  Gosh, do you think she'll survive?  If not, her second series will be quite short-lived.  Tune in tomorrow to find out!

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